ST. MARYS — A Johnsonburg man has been arrested and charged with twice having sexual intercourse with a child.
Charles Nussbaum, 28, of 515 1/2 Market St., was arrested Monday and charged with having sexual contact with a juvenile on two occasions, between April and July.
The encounters are said to have occurred in Fox Township and along the Genesee and Wyoming Railroad tracks in Johnsonburg Borough.
Nussbaum was picked up by police in the borough Monday and confined to Elk County Prison. He remained in custody Wednesday on $75,000 cash bail set by St. Marys District Judge Mark Jacob.
Nussbaum would have been 27 years old at the time of the alleged incidents.
While Jacob refused to release an affidavit of probable cause filed in the case, a source close to the investigation identified the victim only as a 13-year-old female with unknown ties to Nussbaum.
Trooper Bruce Morris of the Ridgway State Police Barracks said police were following up on a complaint made by a parent of the alleged victim at the time of Nussbaum’s arrest. Morris said the suspect was taken into custody without incident Monday.
He was promptly arraigned in St. Marys District Court on two felony counts each of the following, one count for each alleged encounter: Statutory sexual assault, indecent sexual assault, corruption of minors, criminal use of a communication facility, and aggravated indecent assault. Nussbaum was also charged with misdemeanor indecent assault.
Morris explained the criminal use of a communication facility counts stem from the use of electronic devices, including cellphones or computers, in the furtherance or commission of a crime.
Nussbaum was also charged Monday with violating firearms restrictions stemming from a previous rape conviction.
According to court records, Nussbaum attempted to illegally purchase a firearm from a St. Marys dealer in March despite being prohibited from doing so by a prior felony conviction.
Police say on March 3, Nussbaum entered the Elk County Ammo and Arms store on Brusselles Street in St. Marys and lied about his criminal past in a background check before attempting to purchase a .22 caliber pistol.
Morris said the cases are unrelated and that the gun charges had been pending. They include making false written statements in the purchase of a firearm, a third-degree felony; making unsworn falsifications to authorities, a second-degree misdemeanor; and disorderly conduct, a summary offense.
Bail was set at $2,500 cash in the gun-related case.
Preliminary hearings in both cases are set for 3 p.m. on Aug. 19 in St. Marys District Court.